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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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"In accord with no. 55 of the instruction of the Congregation of Rites on music in the liturgy (March 5, 1967), the Conference of Bishops has determined that vernacular texts set to music composed in earlier periods may be used in liturgical services even though they may not conform in all details with the legitimately approved versions of liturgical texts (November, 1967). This decision authorizes the use of choral and other music in English when the older text is not precisely the same as the official version."
— Catholic Bishops for the dioceses of the United States (November, 1969)

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Essential Resources • Psalm Tones for Mass Propers
published 15 June 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski


Additional Psalm Verses for the Communion antiphons:

    * *  [40 pages] • PSALMS FOR COMMUNION (Solesmes, 1957)

    * *  [232 pages] • VERSUS PSALMORUM ET CANTICORUM (Solesmes, 1962)

    * *  [307 pages] • Richard Rice «COMMUNIO» (CMAA, 2008)

Notice that “Versus Psalmorum” (1962) also contains extra verses for the introit!

Simple Settings for the Gradual, Tract, and Alleluia verse:

    * *  [257 pages] • CHANTS ABRÉGÉS (Solesmes, 1930)

    * *  [290 pages] • CHANTS ABRÉGÉS (Solesmes, 1955)

    * *  [111 pages] • LIBER BREVIOR EXCERPT (Solesmes, 1954)

The Church Music Association of America has also posted a fabulous resource (“Simplified Graduale”) by Richard Rice in booklet form and also in portrait.

Extra Verses for the Offertory chants:

    * *  [186 pages] • FULL VERSES by Carl Ott (1935)

    * *  [36 pages] • SIMPLE OFFERTORY VERSES (Richard Rice)

As I mentioned in my Symposium speech, those interested in adapting the Gregorian psalm tones for English should first study the above resources to understand Gregorian psalmody. Moreover, they should visit the Lalande Online Library and download all the books called “Psalmi in Notis.”


Most of these files were scanned & posted by the CMAA.


The CMAA new policy (22 April 2015) allows reposting when credit is given.